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Our hearts are SO aflutter today! It’s Valentine’s Day, which means, first off, hopefully you are celebrating the day with your beloved. Second, it means that we’ll be receiving a freshly minted batch of newly engaged ladies–what a great day! We are so beyond lucky to be featuring a Valentine wedding shot by Adam Barnes and designed our FAVORITE southern planner, Easton Events. This wedding is a stunner and is sure to fill you up with all sorts of love on your day.

If you want to see more images of this gorgeous wedding, head over to the sweet as pie, Southern Weddings!

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Luke and Blair’s love story and engagement is so sweet, we just had to share: During the summer of 2008 I was living in Virginia and Luke was in Manhattan. I planned a trip to New York for a weekend to see my best friend from home and my dear friends from college—a real girls weekend that included a trip to the Hamptons. Saturday afternoon found us at Cyril’s– a restaurant on a 2 lane highway that at about 4:00 p.m. becomes THE place to see and catch up with all of your Southern friends who live in New York, or, like me, were just visiting the Hamptons. And there I saw him–tall and handsome. Although we had gone to college an hour away from one another in Virginia, had both attended the Carolina Cup horse races for years in his South Carolina hometown, and had a zillion friends in common, it was not until June 2008 that we actually met one another. It was love at first sight. Luke proposed on a Tuesday evening. Just us. The best surprise of my life and the reason that I now love Tuesdays the most. Later that evening, we met all of our friends at the Soho Grand hotel to celebrate. They all knew and had been waiting for the announcement—it was such a dear surprise and one of the best memories of my life.

Lovely vendors that helped create this wedding —

Photographer: Adam Barnes // Videographer: Meet Cute // Planner: Easton Events // Ceremony venue: Bride’s Parents’ Home // Reception venue: Bride’s Parents’ Home // Florist: Rod Meek, Lynchburg, VA // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Magnolia Foods // Caterer: Avenue Foods // Rentals: Skyline  // Linens: Festive Fare; Tavola // Lighting: Skyline // Paper Products: Rock Paper Scissors // Calligraphy: Kendall Rose // Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Oscar de la Renta (Veil)/Kiss the Ring New York; Estate (Jewelry) // Bride’s Shoes: Valentino // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ciarla // Furniture: Avista // Band: Mo’Sol // Chairs and stools: AFR // Vintage car: Albemarle Vintage

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Leave it to a Martha Stewart alumnus to create an awe inspiring wedding backdrop for her best friend, with simply strands of boldly colored tissue poms. Amy and Rob’s wedding shot by Chi-Ling Wang Photography has already got us scheming for Valentine Day decor. So simple…yet so striking. It’s the Martha way.

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Resources included: Photography Chi-Ling Wang Photography // Event Planner: Silver Charm Events // Event Venue: Huron Substation // Hair Stylist: MandaLyn Hair Design

This week, we are all about color! Today is no exception. Elise and Barry’s wedding took place at Three Fields Farm, where they celebrated in relaxed southern style–long farm tables dressed with bright wildflowers, bridesmaids in alternating hues of tangerine and sunshine, and sweet citrus coolers served with striped yellow straws. Photographer Melanie Mauer captured this bright Kentucky wedding so beautifully–so take notes our color loving darlings.

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Resources that made this wedding so gorgeous– Photography: Melanie Mauer // Event Design: One Fine Day // Floral Design: House // Cake: Martine’s Pastries // Catering: Dupree Catering //  Make Up: Ana Crane-Simpson // Rentals: Purdon’s 

One of my favorite wedding traditions is the rehearsal dinner–something that has blossomed into a meal with more significance and meaning than ever before. In my experience, the rehearsal dinner has always been an opportunity for family members to reconnect, bridal parties to hang out, and guests to become acquainted. It’s also a very relaxed atmosphere that I truly believe is the first chance for the families of the bride and groom to form new bonds. Without a formal agenda and tight timeline, rehearsal dinners are also the perfect stage for meaningful speeches from family members, bridal party attendants, and close guests.

For all those reasons, we love the idea of making your rehearsal dinner special–in whichever way you decide to do that. Be it a square dance and barbecue, martinis and outdoor movie screening, afternoon picnic and croquet, or whatever else you can dream up, the idea is to squeeze in as much time with your loved ones as possible, because every married couple we know says the same thing: “The wedding went by so fast!!!”

Today, we’re sharing with you a particularly gorgeous rehearsal dinner designed by the lovely Gianna of Chic Celebrations. All the flowers are by one of our fave fave fave floral stylists, Lauryl Lane with images by Brittany Rene.  Strands of Edison light bulbs and a solo guitar player provided ambiance while guests mingled over cocktails. Dinner was served at a u-shaped over-sized family style table, creating the perfect opportunity for toasts and warm interaction. We love it all!

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Resources included: Planning and Design: Chic Celebrations // Floral Styling and Design: Lauryl Lane // Rentals: Town and Country // Linens: La Tavola // Catering: Contemporary Catering and Sunseri’s Beverage Catering // Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch // Photography: Brittany Rene

Our week dedicated to new Collective members is just getting going! Today, we’re delighted to introduce to you Justin DeMutiis Photography, who is a Florida based photographer that we love SO much. His work is gorgeous…check out his vendor page!

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